, Newburyport, MA


April 4, 2014

Fashioning a solution

Salvation Army's Prom Spectacular offers free dresses, advice


Though their customers generally haven’t heard of the donations yet, Wettencamp hopes that word will get out.

“I’ve made an announcement and posted at a restaurant, and some of the staff have brought theirs in,” she said. “I have two teenage girls. I still have their high school prom dresses, so it’s a great way to get rid of them and know that they’re going to be used rather than just drop them in a collection box.”

If the event is successful, Brunelle hopes The Salvation Army’s approach will go even further and become a fixture of the annual prom season.

Want to donate?

Dresses, jewelry, shoes, purses and other accessories are being accepted through May 1 at The Salvation Army’s Newburyport Corps Community Center, 40 Water St., and at Michael’s Harborside, 1 Tournament Wharf.

Items should be clean and new or gently used.

Local salons and stores that would like to offer style guidance to teens at the May 4 event are welcome to call 978-465-0883.

If you go

What: Prom Spectacular

When: Sunday, May 4, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: Newburyport Corps Community Center, 40 Water St.

How much: Free

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